Shatta Wale prank: Police on manhunt for fourth suspect

State prosecution has embarked on a search for fourth suspect in the case where dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, and three others are standing trial for their various roles in a prank video.

Prosecution led by Chief Inspector Dennis Tekpetey informed the Accra Circuit Court that the team was searching for a new suspect who will be material to the case.

According to the prosecution, the facts of the case might change if the suspect is found.

The 37-year-old musician, popularly known as Shatta Wale, and three others were hauled before the court on October 21.

The artiste is alleged to have masterminded false information suggesting that he was shot by unknown assailants at East Legon and was receiving treatment for bullet wounds at an undisclosed health facility.

Shatta has since pleaded not guilty to the count of publication of false news that caused fear and panic in the public domain.

Three others who appeared in court with him Kojo Owusu Koranteng, Shatta’s personal assistant; Eric Vanetor, a graphic designer; and Iddrisu Yussif, a beautician; were charged for abetment of criminal publication of false news.

Police said preliminary investigations revealed that the widely reported gunshot attack on Shatta Wale on Monday, October 18, was a hoax.

Shatta Wale is currently on a 100,000 self-recognizance bail with the other two on a GHc100, 000, bail sum.

Shatta Wale’s apology 

The artiste took to social media to apologize to his fans and other people who had been affected by what he described as a prank.

He claims he took the phones of the team members and made the fake post.

He cited a prophecy that was made by the founder and leader of New Life Kingdom Chapel International, Stephen Akwasi, that he would be shot dead on 18 October 2021.

According to Shatta Wale, he was surprised that the security services could not give him protection after that prophecy.

“So the police of this country want to tell me that none of them saw those threatening statements online to take action?

“This pastor said 18 October, Shatta Wale will be shot, and you want to tell me you didn’t see from your cyber crime department, nor did you hear or come across anything like that online?

“I won’t wait for Ghana police to call my father and tell my father his son got shot this afternoon. I won’t wait for Ghana stupid media houses to spread the news to my fans about me being shot because all we wish in this country is for dead people and funerals.

“If my life can be threatened and there is no law to take action on that, then I guess I will do what is right in the eyes of God,” he posted on Facebook.

The prophecy

In a viral video, Bishop Stephen Akwasi predicted that Shatta Wale would lose his life on October 18, similar to that of South African reggae artiste, Lucky Dube, who was shot on October 18, 2007.

The pastor in question was subsequently arrested on October 19, at the premises of Accra FM while preparing for an interview on the station’s mid-morning show.

He was charged for causing fear and panic. He, however, pleaded not guilty and was remanded into prison custody for five days.


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